Hi! I'm Kim, and Salt n’ Sauna Wellness was founded from my healing journey with chronic illness, and the need for me to become the “Healthiest Me” that I possibly could become. I have suffered from allergies, sinus infections, ear infections, and hypoglycemia my entire life. It was my normal…I didn’t know anything different, other than shots, medication, a lifetime of respiratory suffering, and a love/hate relationship with sugar. As I grew older (as we all do) I started to feel aches and pains from 30+ years of athletic abuse, suffered a severe MCL tear, and then the camel that broke the straws back…I was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease and Celiac Disease (both autoimmune diseases). Well, that was it! No more!! Enough…or so I thought. What happened next was life changing, to say the least.
A few weeks into taking medication for my Grave’s Disease, I became deathly ill, and was admitted into the ICU on May 25, 2018. The medication I was taking was killing me. Upon entering the ICU I had one of the most severe reactions ever on record, and I had to listen to the doctors say “she might not make it”. I was deathly ill with SEVERE Agranulocytosis (zero WBC and zero neutrophils for 10 out of my 13 days), Sepsis, severe Tachycardia, severe Hypotension, Neutropenia, and a host of other conditions. It took more than 10 days before my white blood cells and neutrophils began to rise above zero. None of my doctors had ever seen a case so severe. After two weeks in the ICU, a mere shell of my former self looking like a skeleton, I didn’t become weaker, I became stronger. A fire was lit within me like never before to discover how I could change my life and become a healthier me. Traditional medicine was not the answer for me any longer whether I liked it or not. I could never take medication for my Grave’s Disease, and I didn’t believe that surgery was my only choice. I opted to follow my own path, read everything I could get my hands on, and began the journey of healing myself. And healing myself is exactly what I did! I went against my doctor’s advice, followed my gut instincts, and 6 weeks after barely being able to walk out of that awful ICU room, my thyroid levels were in the “normal” range, and as of July 11, 2019 my Grave's Disease is in remission, and no longer active in my body!
I have three amazing humans counting on me to be around for a very long time, and my oldest, especially…she is special needs, and literally the fire within my soul! My sons are the rocks, the balance, and the unconditional support! The combination of it all has resulted in me becoming one relentless human being! My passion for research, discovery, and just being as informed as I possibly can be, first came out of me being a young Mom trying to navigate the world of being a special needs Mom, not knowing a thing, and feeling like I had zero clue of what was going on around me. Special needs is not an exact science (was much worse 25 years ago), and is one area that you must be knowledgeable as a parent. The journey with my daughter lit many fires within me to learn everything I possibly could, to not just accept what I was told, to research, learn, and know myself.
This didn’t happen overnight…it has been a lifetime of research, 25+ years to be exact, with the first 10 years being life changing. I realized that doctors can be wrong. I had no idea, I thought they were the experts. Yes, they are the experts, but they are also human, and human beings can be wrong. One particular Pediatric Neurologist was treating my daughter in a way that I knew was wrong with every fiber of my being…thus began my quest for knowledge and a passion to make sure it never happened again! And guess what, he was wrong. The much acclaimed, very highly regarded Pediatric Neurologist was wrong. This was the biggest lesson I could have ever learned as a young Mom…you have to advocate for yourself and your loved ones and do your due diligence when it comes to your health and your loved one's health. Yes, listen to doctors. Yes, take their advice and listen to their expertise regarding your health, but also be informed in your own right. It possibly could change your life or a loved one’s life!
From the many experiences with my daughter and my Grave’s Disease and Celiac Disease diagnosis', I began my pursuit to discover how I can become the “Healthiest Me” possible today! I was drawn to learn more and more, and to share my knowledge with everyone by becoming Quintuple Board Certified as a Holistic Practitioner, a Health & Wellness Coach, a Holistic Nutritionist, a Holistic Health Coach, and an AIP Certified Coach. Through countless hours of research, late nights studying, relentless weeks of learning priceless information, and vetting the best equipment geared to complete health, Salt n’ Sauna Wellness was born. I began immediately incorporating Halotherapy and Infrared Sauna Therapy into my healing regimen, as they both have played a major role in my recovery with their remarkable detoxing abilities. Halotherapy is one of the oldest therapies to date, as ancient healers and philosopher’s recommended salt inhalation for the respiratory system and health problems centuries ago. I was hooked!
Halotherapy (a.k.a. Salt Caves) has existed for centuries, and takes wellness to an entirely new level. The benefits of salt therapy are wide-ranging…salt levels affect our cell activity, energy and blood sugar levels. The negatively charged ions improve our health and moods, and inhaling the particles help reduce inflammation and mucus in the lungs, improves respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus congestion, and COPD. Scientific studies show that people suffering from these conditions breathe better with Halotherapy. The calming and detoxification effects can support the immune system, the nervous system, and lymphatic symptoms. Additionally reducing stress and headaches, increasing energy, creating better sleep patterns, and not to mention…improving lung performance for athletes, musicians, and singers! Skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, eczema, and acne can also be improved with salt therapy. Who knew that breathing in pharmaceutical grade salt in Halotherapy could benefit so many areas of one’s life and provide such amazing detoxification? Thankfully this amazing healing mechanism has made it's way to the US!
On top of the amazing benefits of Halotherapy, I also discovered Infrared Sauna Therapy…a cutting edge treatment for many ailments, and has long been a part of Eastern medicine. Infrared sauna therapy is an effective tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits, making infrared saunas one of the “hottest” therapies for overall healthy living. Infrared sauna’s offer astonishing therapeutic benefits according to countless studies conducted all over the world…improved detoxification, anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, weight loss, sports recovery, stress reduction, pain relief, lower blood pressure, improved circulation, wound healing, reduces cellulite, easing joint stiffness and pain, and treatment of chronic diseases…just to name a few.
Internally heating the body from the inside out is the body’s safe and natural way to heal, stay healthy, and detox. This modality carries toxins out of the body and pushes them through the pores of your skin. Infrared heat therapy is one of the most important breakthroughs for health, and probably the most important avenue for detox and living an abundant healthy life today. It is priceless for people suffering from immune system problems like chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental illnesses, chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune diseases (like me), and now I am on a mission to being the “Healthiest Me” possible.
Detoxing is the foundation for being healthy, and the key for living a longer, healthier life today. If you live on this planet, you have toxins. If you live in the US, your toxic load is much greater than other places in the world. Toxins are in the air, in the food we eat, in the water we drink, they are everywhere. If your goal is to live an abundantly healthy life in today's society, detoxing should be a part of your health routine. It is the key to optimal health. Your body is wired to heal and be healthy, you just have to find a way to let it.
Halotherapy and Infrared Sauna Therapy, along with diet and lifestyle modifications have become priceless to me, and become the catalyst for changing my life for the better, all having remarkable healing and detoxing abilities. I don't know where I would be today without these modalities. With each and every doctors visit following my ICU stint, the doctors were stunned and amazed at my recovery. None had ever seen a patient recover from such a depleted state to where I am today, all asking "What are you doing?", and stating "Well it's working, keep it up!". My last endocrinologist visit that confirmed I was in remission, my doctor said "You've done what medical science could not. I'm not going to give you any advice. I'm not going to tell you what to do, because I couldn't have gotten you to where you are today. No doctor could have. Keep doing what your doing, and you will be AOK!". That was music to my ears. Not only am I beyond excited to have found these, but my children are extremely grateful. My kids wanted “me” back just as much as I did! Well…I'm back, and recharged like never before, and on a passionate mission to inform everyone I know about how they, too, can be the “Healthiest You” possible!
- Kim Carr Swords, BCHHP, CHN, CHHC
735 N. Main St.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
"If a person cares for his health, it is difficult to find a doctor who could know what's better for him"
*Halotherapy, Infrared Sauna Therapy, and/or Reflexology is not intended to
diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.